Can America Do Anything at All to Encourage Democracy?
As uprisings happen in China and Iran, it’s no accident the United States hasn’t been involved.
Biden’s ‘America First’ Economic Policy Threatens Rift With Europe
Europeans consider vast U.S. subsidies for cars, clean energy, and semiconductors a danger to their economies.
Biden’s Iran Envoy: Sanctions Are ‘Not the Answer’
Robert Malley on the stalled nuclear deal and Washington’s plan to help Iran’s protesters.
How a GOP-Led House Can Strengthen U.S. Foreign Policy
Republicans in Congress can help sharpen the Biden administration’s cautious internationalism and work to restore decisive U.S. global leadership.
A U.S.-Iranian Standoff at the World Cup—and Beyond
Off the playing field, Iran’s protests and ongoing uranium enrichment have heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Argentina’s Junta Trial Was About More Than a Few Good Men
Relying on Hollywood clichés, “Argentina, 1985” offers a pat, sentimentalized view of history.
U.S. Seeks to Allay Fears of Military Crisis With China
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin capped a week of marathon diplomacy with China to tamp down escalation fears.
The Solution to Climate Change Isn’t Demilitarization
A new book argues that the Pentagon drives carbon emissions worldwide but ignores inconvenient realities.
Biden’s Nuclear Strategy Is About Living With a Dangerous World
Here are five takeaways from the Nuclear Posture Review.
Will U.S. Midterm Results Affect Washington’s Foreign Policy?
A Republican-led House could mean a more hawkish stance on China and less aid for Ukraine—or more of the same.
U.S. Midterm Results Are a Net Plus for National Security
As Trumpism deflates, internationalist Republicans will press the Biden administration on China, defense, and trade.
Latin America’s Pink Tide Is an Opportunity for Washington
With Lula’s victory in Brazil, the Western Hemisphere is now dominated by left-of-center governments.
Democrats and Republicans Agree That America Is Always Right
Washington can no longer afford its self-defeating “with us or against us” attitude.
The United States’ Easiest Climate Win Is in Latin America
Washington has the money for Latin America's energy transition—if it weren’t for the bureaucratic fine print.
How Ukraine Figures in Last-Minute Midterm Pitches
Ahead of tomorrow’s polls, foreign policy looms large in a Virginia district seen as a bellwether for national trends.
The U.N. (as We Know It) Won’t Survive Russia’s War in Ukraine
The institutions designed to secure global order clearly aren't up to the task. What will take their place?
How a Republican Victory Could Help, Not Hurt, Biden
The midterms may cost him Congress, but they’ll also ignite a new round of Republican infighting.
Could Venture Capital Be the New Frontier in Great-Power Competition?
In the era of great-power competition, America’s Frontier Fund aims to harness venture capital to advance U.S. strategic interests.
To Halt the Venezuelan Migration Crisis, Stop Banning Venezuelan Oil
The Biden administration’s policies on sanctions and asylum-seekers are making the country's humanitarian situation worse.
U.S. State and Local Governments Still Buy Banned Chinese Tech
Removing firms like Huawei from the supply chain is tough.
A Republican Midterm Win Will Boost U.S. China Strategy
Divided government could be just what is needed to unite Americans around the administration’s China policies.
How Team Biden Tried to Coup-Proof Brazil’s Elections
Sunday’s election in Brazil will be a test for more than Jair Bolsonaro’s integrity.
U.S. Immigration Has Become an Elaborate Bait and Switch
The broken system hurts immigrants—and makes it harder for the United States to compete.
U.S. Justice Department Fires Warning Shot at Chinese Spies
The United States announced a slew of indictments of Chinese espionage.
How ‘Screw Your Optics’ Became a Far-Right Rallying Cry
White supremacist terrorists have taken a page from the Islamic State’s playbook—discarding concerns about image and embracing shocking displays of public violence.
Disaster Isn’t Always Around the Corner for America
Foreign policy is haunted by catastrophic predictions that rarely come true.
Is Biden’s National Security Strategy a Match for a Chaotic World?
The long-awaited document leaves more questions than answers about the White House’s approach to global crises.
Washington Is Eroding Asylum at the U.S.-Mexico Border
The latest U.S. immigration plans would dramatically reduce Venezuelans’ ability to seek protection.
Stop Projecting America’s Democratic Decline Onto the World
Washington’s institutions are faring far worse than those of its peers.
Why Putin Is Escalating Aerial Bombings in Ukraine
Former CIA analyst Andrea Kendall-Taylor on the hard-liners who have increasing sway over Moscow’s choices.
How to See the World Like the Biden Administration
The new U.S. National Security Strategy is a guide to protecting a liberal world under chronic threat.
Can South America Take Advantage of the Lithium Boom?
Ramping up production may be harder than it sounds in the “lithium triangle.”
Biden’s New National Security Strategy: A Lot of Trump, Very Little Obama
A renewed focus on great-power rivalry ratifies a sea change in U.S. thinking.
How JFK Sacrificed Adlai Stevenson and the Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis
The standoff 60 years ago has newfound relevance as Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to deploy nukes in Ukraine.
Kyiv Is Hoping the Republican Party’s Better Angels Prevail in the U.S. Midterms
A small but vocal minority of pro-Trump Republicans are openly questioning U.S. support for Ukraine.
Bernanke Won the Nobel, but Is His Bubble About to Burst?
We’re still living in the world he created. It may soon cost us.
Kremlin Talking Points Are Back in the U.S. Debate
Elon Musk, Tucker Carlson, and midterm candidates are peddling Russian propaganda on Ukraine.
Biden’s White House Finally Unveils Its National Security Strategy
Check Russia, fend off China, boost the middle class—the paper has everything, including some tensions.
Hegemony in the Americas Has Been Turned on Its Head
Once-dominant Washington is now beholden to the whims of its smaller neighbors.
Can Vague U.S. Threats Deter Russia From Using Nukes?
Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Ukrainian territories raises the risk of nuclear confrontation, but it’s unclear whether Washington’s rhetoric will stop him.
Biden’s Anti-Corruption Agenda Finds Its Test Case: Paraguay
A deeply corrupt South American country has entered the White House’s sights.
A Summit Can’t Fix America’s Pacific Islands Problems
They don’t just want a diplomatic deal; they want a reckoning with a history of abuse.
What America’s Plan to Bring Home Technology Manufacturing Gets Wrong
Asia will remain central to U.S. supply chains, but the right policies could accelerate the shift from China to friendlier countries.
Why Arming Allies Is America’s Smartest, Safest Strategy
Russia’s war has exposed Washington’s reluctance to provide advanced arms as a dangerous misconception.
5 Midterm Foreign-Policy Shake-Ups to Watch on Capitol Hill
The U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decision has changed the race, but foreign policy is on the ballot, too.
Biden Should Embrace the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals
Many of his domestic policy priorities align with the global campaign.
Why Skills-Based Immigration Is the Best Option for America
A meticulous and groundbreaking book on immigration chronicles the history of upward mobility in the United States—but falls short as an argument against a more selective policy.
The Inflation Reduction Act Is the Start of Reclaiming Critical Mineral Chains
Green technologies depend on the supply of a few key resources.
What Could Brazil’s Post-Bolsonaro Climate Policy Look Like?
It won’t be easy for the country to refurbish its green reputation.
How Chile’s Constitution Revolution Missed the Mark
It’s back to the drawing board for the country—and President Gabriel Boric.
What Does Biden’s Confrontational Speech Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?
Framing geopolitics in terms of democracy and autocracy won’t necessarily help bring peace.
Why Chileans Might Vote to Keep Their Dictatorship-Era Constitution
Whatever happens in Sunday’s referendum, the constitutional debate is far from over.
Venezuela’s Forgotten Refugee Crisis Rivals Ukraine’s
International funding for refugees falls short despite a new spike in Venezuelans fleeing their country.
The Future of Brazilian Politics Will Be Decided in São Paulo
Lula’s Workers’ Party has never won the governorship of Brazil’s wealthiest and most populous state. This could be its year.
Here’s What Biden’s New National Security Strategy Should Say
Tossed and rewritten after Russia invaded Ukraine, the document still hasn’t been released.
The United States Is Fighting Inflation With History
Fed chief Jerome Powell wants the world to understand his present decisions are guided by past traumas.
Why Quantum Computing Is Even More Dangerous Than Artificial Intelligence
The world already failed to regulate AI. Let’s not repeat that epic mistake.
U.S. Foreign Aid Pilot Program Sparks Fight With Congress
A “game-changing” bill hits an impasse over programs in Haiti and Libya.
Biden’s Historic Climate Bill Needs Smart Foreign Policy
The White House’s crowning domestic policy achievement can’t reach its full potential without engaging the world.
What Does the Pelosi Taiwan Uproar Mean for U.S. China Policy?
The controversy over Nancy Pelosi’s proposed trip highlights the contradictions of U.S. policy toward the island.
By Not Acting on Climate, Congress Endangers U.S. National Security
Another failed bill further weakens the country’s global position.
The G-7 Infrastructure Plan Won’t Succeed Unless It Learns from Past Failures
Rather than antagonizing political opponents and geopolitical rivals, the U.S. government should entrust infrastructure development to the World Bank—and fund it generously.
The U.S. Needs a Million Talents Program to Retain Technology Leadership
Immigration is the United States’ secret sauce—including in its competition with China.
Will U.S. ‘Nearshoring’ Go From Buzzword to Trend?
Washington says it wants to relocate supply chains to the Americas but has offered few concrete incentives to do so.
Biden Needs Architects, Not Mechanics, to Fix U.S. Foreign Policy
As the U.S. midterms near, Washington is plagued by groupthink and a lack of vision that prevents creative solutions to the problems of a new era.
Luis Echeverría Álvarez Was a Demagogue With Big Dreams
The former Mexican president aimed to transform global imbalances. But he’ll be best remembered for his repressive regime at home.
The U.S. Needs to Find the Middle Ground on Afghanistan
Both maximalist and minimalist strategies have utterly failed.
U.S. Ambassador to NATO: New China Strategy Is a ‘Big Deal’
Julianne Smith on the military alliance’s new strategic concept, Finland’s and Sweden’s accession, and Russia’s war in Ukraine.
How Biden Can Reverse China’s Gains in Saudi Arabia
Preventing growing Chinese influence in the Middle East is more important than making Riyadh a pariah.
Roe Reversal Exposes the ‘Ever-Growing Value Gap’ Between U.S. and Allies
The decision is part of a broader trend of domestic dysfunction that undermines U.S. President Joe Biden’s democracy agenda.
Biden’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Is a Paradigm Shift
The United States can no longer afford to buy geopolitical allies with market access.
‘Will I See a Gay President in My Lifetime? Absolutely.’
James Kirchick chronicles how the persecution of gay men in Washington tragically altered 20th-century foreign policy.
U.S. Aid to Saudi Arabia on Missile Defense Is Not Unconditional
Biden must make it clear to Saudi leaders that continued ballistic missile cooperation with China will jeopardize U.S. missile defense assistance.
How Congress Rallied Against Oppression in Xinjiang
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act was a rare—and messy—bipartisan success.
U.S. Restraint Has Created an Unstable and Dangerous World
Decades of ignoring the menaces posed by Russia and China has led the West to a precipice.
America’s Foreign Aid Is Shackled by Budgetary Obligations
Targeted awards can free up money where its most needed.
2 Percent Defense Spending Is a Bad Target for NATO
Focusing on military budgets alone hurts the alliance’s relevance.
U.S. Defense Secretary to Meet Chinese Counterpart
China has gained military and diplomatic footholds in Cambodia and the Solomon Islands.
Biden Sidelines Venezuelan Democracy at Summit of the Americas
The administration wants to support human rights, but it doesn’t have the courage of its convictions.
Biden Is Still Worried About Poking the Russian Bear
“If that’s our attitude, we’re never going to win a war again, ever,” said one U.S. source familiar with the debate.
The Republicans Could Win the U.S. Midterms. Here’s What that Means for the World.
It’s all about isolationists vs. internationalists.
The Navy Made America a Superpower Once. Can It Again?
Paul Kennedy made his name bemoaning America’s decline. Now, he highlights a way to reverse it.
Americans, Like Swedes, Need Help Telling Fact From Fiction
A botched disinformation board shouldn’t be the end of efforts to educate the public.
Somalia’s al Qaeda Branch Has Gotten ‘Bigger, Stronger, and Bolder’ Since U.S. Exit
As in Afghanistan, Trump’s decisions to withdraw have only emboldened terrorists.